Aretha Franklin Biography, Age, Death, Funeral 2019 Grammy Award and Michigan Lawmakers

Aretha Franklin Biography

Aretha Franklin was an  American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress and pianist. She began her career as a child who sang gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Her father was the minister of the church. After that, she later joined the secular path career at the age of 18 where she recorded at Columbia records.

When she was being born her mother Barbara delivered at her family’s home located at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was a Baptist minister and circuit preacher who was originally from Shelby, Mississippi while her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist.

In their family, both of her parents had children from prior relationships in addition to the four that they had together. Their family then relocated to Buffalo, New York when she was two years old. Their father then permanently relocated the family to Detroit where he was taken over as the pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church. Due to their father’s infidelities, The Franklins had a troubled marriage and got separated in 1948.

Aretha Franklin Age

Aretha was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee in the US. She died in 2018 when she was 76 years old.

Aretha Franklin Height

She used to stand at a height 1.65 m tall.

Aretha Franklin Marriage | Husband

She was married twice. Her first marriage was to Theodore White also known as Ted in 1961 when she was only 19 years old. She later divorced white because of domestic violence in 1968. the divorce was finalized in 1969. She later re-married to Glynn Turman who was her second husband. The wedding was officiated on April 11, 1978, at her father’s church.

She became the step-mother to Turman’s children from his previous Marriage. They later separated in 1982 and the divorce was finalized in 1984. She had intended to marry her longtime companion Willie Wilkerson and bothy had engagements that stretched back in 1988. She later called of the engagement in 2012.

Aretha Franklin Children | Kids

Aretha was the mother of four sons where her first pregnancy occurred when she was 12 years old. She gave birth to a boy named Clarence after his father in January 1955. Sources revealed that the father of the baby was Donald Burk a boy she knew from school. She disliked talking about her early pregnancies in interviews. She was the stepmother to the children of her second husband Turman.

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Aretha Franklin Career

Aretha Franklin CareerShe began singing solos after her mother’s death. She sang gospel solos at New Bethel which she debuted with the hymn Jesus, Be a Fence Around Me. Her father then began managing her. He would bring her on the road with him during his gospel caravan tours for her to make appearances and perform in various churches.

He is the one who helped her sign her first recording deal with J.V.B. Records. Her first single was released in 1956 in J.V.B. It was titled Never Grow Old. From there she became a leading sensation in the music industry at that time. She then occasionally travel with The Soul Stirrers. She then issued a first secular album which welcomed her into the secular world.

The album was titled Aretha which was released in January 1961 by Columbia records. Later she would turn into the Queen of Soul-making hits throughout the 1970s up to 2008. She was at the peak of her success in music. She made International headlines after performing at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony in January 2009.

She later accepted an honorary degree from Yale University. She later issued her own label Aretha’s Records in 2011. Apart from music, she had developed an immense passion for civil rights and women’s right. She provided money civil rights group and at times she covered the payroll. She was also a strong supporter of Native American rights

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 Aretha Franklin Died | Death

She was reported to be gravely ill at her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit. She was under proper care provided by her friends and family. She had started ailing from August 2018. She was visited by Stevie Wonder, Jessie Jackson and Glynn Turman who was her ex-husband on her death bed at her home. She later died at her home in August 2018 at the age of 76 years without any will.

The cause of death was a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET) which was widely misreported as cancer a different disease. Numerous celebrities and politicians paid tribute to her. A memorial was then held at New Bethel Baptist on August 19. Thousands turned up to pay their final respects to her. There followed a Homegoing Service held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Ariana Grande Aretha Franklin

Ariana Grande performed her song Natural Woman during her Funeral Service. This was a tribute to her. Here is her performing the song.

 Aretha Franklin Song

  • Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo (1961)
  • The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962)
  • The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin (1962)
  • Laughing on the Outside (1963)
  • Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington (1964)
  • Runnin’ Out of Fools (1964)
  • Yeah!!! (1965)
  • Soul Sister (1966)
  • Take It Like You Give It (1967)
  • I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  • Aretha Arrives (1967)
  • Lady Soul (1968)
  • Aretha Now (1968)
  • Soul ’69 (1969)
  • Soft and Beautiful (1969)
  • This Girl’s in Love with You (1970)
  • Spirit in the Dark (1970)
  • Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
  • Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (1973)
  • Let Me in Your Life (1974)
  • With Everything I Feel in Me (1974)
  • You (1975)
  • Sparkle (1976)
  • Sweet Passion (1977)
  • Almighty Fire (1978)
  • La Diva (1979)
  • Aretha (1980)
  • Love All the Hurt Away (1981)
  • Jump to It (1982)
  • Get It Right (1983)
  • Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985)
  • Aretha (1986)
  • Through the Storm (1989)
  • What You See Is What You Sweat (1991)
  • A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998)
  • So Damn Happy (2003)
  • This Christmas, Aretha (2008)
  • Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love (2011)
  • Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (2014)

Aretha Franklin  Tribute In The 2019 Grammy Awards

There was a tribute that was made in honor of Aretha the Queen of Soul in the 2019 Grammys. The tribute was performed by three ladies, Andra Ray, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia who performed her song Natural Woman here is the video.


Aretha Franklin Net Worth

Her net worth was estimated at $80 million dollars.

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Aretha Franklin gets respect from Michigan lawmakers

Lawmakers in Michigan have approved the renaming of a section of highway in memory of Aretha Franklin. The state House voted to change part of Detroit’s M-10 to the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.” The bill still must be approved by the state Senate.

The renaming “would be an appropriate way to honor a music and cultural icon who selflessly gave of her time, her vocal and pianistic talents, and her energy and resources to the citizens of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the United States of America,” the bill reads.

Franklin grew up in Detroit and developed her gospel voice at New Bethel Baptist Church. The Queen of Soul died in her hometown last year after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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Aretha Franklin Amphitheater ready to take center stage

DETROIT (FOX 2) – There’s so much history behind the landmarks around Detroit.

This Black History Month, we’re taking a closer look at the venue on the water that’s hosted iconic acts and performers – Chene Park, or as it’s now known, the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater.

Miss Jazz, Carmen McRae, was the first voice to feel the Canadian breeze at the theater. Shahida Mausi has been in charge of the place since Mayor Coleman Young reclaimed this piece of the riverfront. Since its first show in the early ’80s, Chene Park has grown.

“Chene Park is a special place. I think maybe because of the way that the stage is placed with the river at the back drop, and the boats behind it. That river has its own magic,” says Mausi.

Now this magical venue is declaring its rightful place among the best amphitheaters in the world – and it happened when the current mayor gave it a new, appropriate name.

Mayor Mike Duggan announced during Aretha Franklin’s funeral service in Detroit that he was renaming Chene Park to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater.

“When Mayor Duggan decided that had what had been known as Chene Park would become the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, it was stunning. It was uplifting,” Mausi says.

This place will host many more special nights for Detroiters because this amphitheater is and has always been owned by the city.

“You should take pride when you come and treat it nicely ’cause it’s yours,” Mausi says, smiling. “And people do. People really do [treat it nicely].”

There is strength in a name, and with the sounds of history in the air and the presence of a queen on its gate, audiences and artists like R&B great Erykah Badu, who’s played Chene Park many times, can now shine brighter at The Aretha.

“I think it’s perfect. It’s perfect,” Badu told FOX 2’s Lee Thomas when he was interviewing her for the new film “What Men Want. “I don’t think enough things are being said and done as far as how I feel about Aretha Franklin. Her voice — the frequency of the voice is medicine.”

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Aretha Franklin Interview

This interview  was taken before her demise

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